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Disney Princess Movies on Gender Roles and Stereotypes
Transcript of Disney Princess Movies on Gender Roles and Stereotypes
Common Characteristics of a Princess
Damsels in Distress
Skinny with Petite Waistline
Common Characteristics of a Prince
Handsome & Charming
By Julie K.
What Are Children Learning From Disney Princess Movies?
Beautiful v.s. Ugly
Female Dependency in Princesses
Male Dominancy in Princes
Reality of The Little Mermaid
Ariel abandons her family to be with a prince she hardly even knows.
She changes her apparence (from a mermaid to a human) in order to be accepted by him.
Prince Eric truly loves her only after she gained her voice back.
Always in need of a prince
Willing to give up everything for prince
Beautiful v.s. Ugly
Very controlling of the princess
Always able to win the princess over with good looks, charm, and wealth
Prince Adam (AKA Beast)
Reality of the Beast
Beast has a bad attitude and is very temperamental.
He often results to violence.
He kidnapped and held Belle captive.
Prince Naveen from
Princess and the Frog
Evil Queen from
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
All Brawn, No Brains
Male Dominancy in Gaston
Gaston believes that he can get any girl he wants.
He often flaunts his strength to impress girls.
He becomes angry if he doesn't get his way.
There aren't any...
Rarely does Disney make an ugly protagonist and a beautiful villain.
Cinderella & Prince Charming
Anastasia & Drizella
(AKA Evil Step Sisters)
Considered the "Ugly Sisters"
Mean and Rude
Not Very Bright
is one of the most criticized Disney movie for its racial stereotypes.
When you make a movie involving a certain race, more often than not will it be seen as racist.
Aladdin Intro Song Lyrics
The entire song, Arabian Nights, is filled with stereotypical things thought to happen in Arabia.
One line of the original lyrics was actually changed when it was rereleased to home video in 1993 because of its racial inference.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
The characters themselves portray typical Arab stereotypes.
Jafar Character Features
"A dark man... with a dark purpose."
Darkest skin tone of all the characters
Only character with a noticable Arabian accent.
Features are prominent and over exaggerated.
Tall, Thin, and Very Unattractive
Black Facial Hair, Hooked Nose, and Large Feminine Eyes
To Sum It Up...
By watching typical gender roled Disney princess movies, children are basically learning that:
Men are more dominant.
Women are dependent on men.
Good looks, charm, and money can always win a girl's heart.
Women should give up everything to be with their men.
To Sum It Up...
By watching stereotyped Disney princess movies, children are basically learning:
The good guys will always be attractive.
The bad guys will always be unattractive.
It's okay to stereotype people.
They are also learning some incorrect racial stereotypes at young ages.
Although Disney princess movies are fantastic, they fall so easily under typical gender roles and stereotypes.
Children might grow up with the wrong impressions of society and its people.
Most of us accept it because of the bandwagon effect.
But in the end, Disney movies aren't made to be judged so harshly. They're made for the joy and entertainment of children.
Do we really want little girls wanting to be like these princesses?